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The Man Standing Next (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Lee Byung Hun (Actor) | Kwak Do Won (Actor) | Lee Sung Min (Actor) | Lee Hee Joon (Actor)
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Based on the same-titled best-selling novel, Inside Men director Woo Min Ho's political drama The Man Standing Next rewinds back to 40 days before the assassination of South Korean president Park Chung Hee in 1979. Winning Best Actor at the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards and the 25th Chunsa Film Art Awards, Lee Byung Hun (Ashfall) portrays a high-ranking government official based on the real-life figure Kim Jae Gyu. Baeksang Best Supporting Actor winner Lee Sung Min (The Spy Gone North) plays Park Chung Hee while Kwak Do Won (The Wailing) and Lee Hee Joon (Another Child) portray key players of the administration.

In the 1970s, South Korea is under the authoritarian power of President Park (Lee Sung Min), who also has control over the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA). Kim Gyu Pyeong (Lee Byung Hun), the director of the KCIA and the President's right-hand man, is tasked to stop the exiled former KCIA director (Kwak Do Won) from exposing the Koreagate scandal in the U.S. In the meantime, a political power struggle brews in Korea as citizens rise in protest and the head of the President's security team (Lee Hee Joon) makes increasingly aggressive power moves.

This edition comes with special features including trailers and a video about the background history.

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Product Title: The Man Standing Next (DVD) (Korea Version) The Man Standing Next (DVD) (韓國版) The Man Standing Next (DVD) (韩国版) 南山の部長たち (DVD) (韓国版) 남산의 부장들 (DVD) (한국판)
Also known as: 南山的部長們 南山的部长们
Artist Name(s): Lee Byung Hun (Actor) | Kwak Do Won (Actor) | Lee Sung Min (Actor) | Lee Hee Joon (Actor) | Kim So Jin (Actor) 李秉憲 (Actor) | 郭道遠 (Actor) | 李聖旻 (Actor) | 李熙俊 (Actor) | Kim So Jin (Actor) 李秉宪 (Actor) | 郭道远 (Actor) | 李圣旻 (Actor) | 李熙俊 (Actor) | Kim So Jin (Actor) イ・ビョンホン (Actor) | クァク・ドウォン (Actor) | イ・ソンミン (Actor) | イ・ヒジュン (Actor) | Kim So Jin (Actor) 이 병헌 (Actor) | 곽 도원 (Actor) | 이성민 (Actor) | 이희준 (Actor) | 김소진 (Actor)
Director: Woo Min Ho 吳明河 吴明河 ウ・ミンホ 우민호
Release Date: 2020-07-21
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Injoingan
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1092368993

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남산의 부장들 (DVD) (한국판)

*Sound mix:Dolby Digital 5.1 /2.0
*Screen format:1.85:1 Anamorpic Wide Screen
*Extras:
-인터네셔널 예고편
-캐릭터 예고편
-2차 예고편
-WHY 히스토리텔링 영상
-열연영상

*Director:우민호

제 56회백상예술대산 영화 예술상 수상
1979년 10월 26일 대한민국 대통령 암살사건 발생 40일 전,
논픽션 베스트셀러 원작 속 이야기가 스크린속 부활!
한국 영화 최초 파리 방돔 광장 촬영!
리얼리티에 집중한 한국-미국-프랑스 3개국 대규모 로케이션
흔들린 충성, 그날의 총성 !
눈빛으로 모든 것을 설명하는 배우 이병헌, 그리고 이성민, 곽도원, 이희준까지 대한민국에서 내로라하는 연기파 배우들의 열연!

“각하, 제가 어떻게 하길 원하십니까”
1979년 10월 26일, 중앙정보부장 김규평(이병헌)이 대한민국 대통령을 암살한다.

이 사건의 40일전, 미국에서는 전 중앙정보부장 박용각(곽도원)이
청문회를 통해 전 세계에 정권의 실체를 고발하며 파란을 일으킨다.
그를 막기 위해 중앙정보부장 김규평과 경호실장 곽상천(이희준)이 나서고,
대통령 주변에는 충성 세력과 반대 세력들이 뒤섞이기 시작하는데…

흔들린 충성, 그 날의 총성

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YumCha! Asian Entertainment Reviews and Features

Professional Review of "The Man Standing Next (DVD) (Korea Version)"

July 31, 2020

One of the defining events of modern Korean political history, the assassination of president Park Chung Hee in 1979 was dramatized in detail in Im Sang Soo's The President's Last Bang. Fifteen years after that controversial film, Inside Men director Woo Min Ho covers the incident from another perspective with The Man Standing Next, based on a nonfiction novel about the most powerful figures in Park's regime that was serialized in a newspaper from 1990 to 1992. Woo reimagines the story of the assassination as a captivating John le Carré-esque spy drama about the feuds and betrayals that ultimately led to Kim Jae Gyu, the head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA), committing his lethal coup d'état.

While The President's Last Bang mostly takes place on the night of the assassination, The Man Standing Next covers the 40-day period before the event. In Woo's partially fictionalized narrative, the film begins with former KCIA director Park Yong Gak (based on Kim Hyong Uk) testifying in the US Senate about human right abuses under the Park regime. Having served alongside Park Yong Gak in the army, Kim Gyu Pyeong (based on Kim Jae Gyu) finds himself in a precarious position as President Park begins to shift his trust to Gwak (Lee Hee Joon), Chief of Security Service and a man infamous for his short fuse.

After letting his ambitions get the better of him on The Drug King, Woo and his co-writer Lee Ji Min build a tight narrative for The Man Standing Next. With little surprise in the story – anyone can find out what happens with a quick read on Wikipedia – Woo frames the film as a slow-burn, no-nonsense character study about how Kim is pushed to the brink by pressure from the American government, his exiled former brother-in-arms and disagreements over how the government should handle a prolonged pro-democracy demonstration in Busan. The film takes its time to set up all the players in the story, but the viewers' patience pays off when the conflicts come to a head in the second half of the film.

As one can expect from the story, the film is carried by a mostly male cast. Superstar Lee Byung Hun (who also starred in Woo's Inside Men) gives a masterclass in controlled acting as the stoic KCIA chief. A man who uses his cold exterior as his defense mechanism, Kim is an intentionally enigmatic figure throughout, but Lee is also great at showing cracks in the façade, particularly in a fantastic confrontation scene between Kim and Gwak. Playing President Park as a paranoid, conniving and wickedly passive-aggressive power figure who treats his underlings like expendable pawns, Lee Sung Min is equally outstanding and engrossing to watch.

A toxic workplace drama set in a high-stakes environment, The Man Standing Next is both an antithesis and a great companion piece to The President's Last Bang. While Im finds very dark absurdist humor in his detailed depiction of the incident and its outcome, Woo goes for a serious examination of men corrupted by their own power and ego. Both films are equally compelling and essential for those who are interested in the mystery surrounding Park's assassination, but Woo's solid direction and his excellent cast should place The Man Standing Next on the top of your to-watch list.

by Kevin Ma

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